Even before the flat panel, we got used to seeing TVs showing streaming ads in various locations... Pubs, Restaurants, the odd one hanging off a wall in a mall.
But with flat panels, they're everywhere, and I can't get any peace AT ALL. Huge multi-panel displays lining the walls of stores, malls, restaurants, pubs. The old "one TV on an arm sticking out of the wall" was something you could visually ignore, but these massive moving wall-papers can't be avoided.
Driving home the other day, I saw a car dealership had created an outdoor billboard of flat panels. Bad enough. Even worse was that A) It appeared very suddenly from behind a building as I rounded a corner and B) It was night, and this sign was BRIGHT.
The overall effect - cars swerving noticably as they rounded the corner. Not just me that nearly ditched the car. I was almost relieved that I wasn't the only one caught off guard.
That sign is downright dangerous.
But it isn't the worst I've seen.
The worst, absolute worst I've seen... Is at one of our local malls, where in the mens washroom, each urinal has its own, personal, flat panel. With directional speakers. Just so that you get the full effect of blaring rock-music ads, bombastic noisy video game ads, and on and on...
Is nothing sacred? Can't I at least pee in peace?